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Diamonds in the Ruff

Finding loving homes for our overlooked dogs and cats 


Meet Rusty


Get to know the Diamond

Rusty is a happy-go-lucky guy from South Carolina! He was originally adopted as a puppy by a single woman and was very loved, but sadly she passed away and he ended up in a high-kill shelter. Our rescue partner took him in and he adjusted quickly to his foster home. Even after his whole life was turned upside down he perked up quickly.


He makes fast friends with new humans and most dogs! He plays amazingly after a brief introduction and listens very nicely if they tell him "no." He struggles around loud or reactive dogs but has even managed to make friends with a few of them after a careful introduction. He has enjoyed playtime with all kinds of dogs; male or female, big or small, young or old, wild or calm! He has even done great in multi-dog playgroups as big as 6 dogs! He does enjoy chasing small critters during his walks, so watch out for any woodland critters or outdoor kitties. Indoor kitties, on the other hand, have his respect and he was a gentleman with the shelter kitties. He would likely do fine with chill, indoor-only kitties in his home who are comfortable with a big, fun dog!


He gets a little pouty for alone time but handles it just fine and will settle down in a crate. He'd love a quiet home with little foot traffic so he could have peaceful walks. A fenced-in yard would be ideal, but even then, he'll need 100% supervision as he can hop tall fences when bored! He hasn't attempted to escape our playpens yet, as we've made sure he was enjoying his time outside with us (a nice mix of playtime and sunbathing). A tall fence with a less climbable material (not chainlink) would be best. Other options are using a tie-out in the yard or installing "climb-proof" tops on the fences.


He would do best with sturdy kids 10 and up as, even with his good manners, he is an energetic big dog. He is housebroken, crate trained, and walks well on a leash besides the occasional tug towards critters!


  • Age: 3 years old

  • D.O.B.: Approximately September 2020

  • Sex: Male (neutered)

  • Breed: American Foxhound mix

  • Weight: 60lbs


  • Experience with dogs is recommended.

  • Good with sturdy kids 10 and up.

  • Good with other playful dogs.

  • Good with dog-savvy cats.

  • No apartment-style or multi-family homes.

  • No dense neighborhoods.

  • Needs strict supervision when off-leash even in a fenced-in yard.

  • No more than 8 hours alone a day; longer would require a potty and exercise break in the middle.

The ideal home described above is based on the knowledge of Buddy Dog’s staff. This list reflects what Buddy Dog staff believe will be necessary for the animals to succeed and be happy in an adoptive home.


We ask all prospective adopters to fill out an online application, which can be found here. If the animal becomes available and your application has been approved to move onto the next step, a staff member will schedule a remote interview prior to scheduling a meet-and-greet with the eligible animals.

Please by patient as we receive many applications daily. If you have any questions, feel free to email or leave a voicemail at 978-443-6990.

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